The Kennedy Center

Michael Kelly


Praised as “expressive and dynamic” and “vocally splendid”, American baritone Michael Kelly continues to distinguish himself as a consummate artist, sought-after for his riveting interpretations of recital, concert and operatic repertoire. Captivating audiences with his “exquisitely self-effacing” artistry, Mr. Kelly is a versatile and innovative vocalist, having performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Mostly Mozart Festival, Opernhaus Zurich, and Mark Morris Dance Group. His repertoire ranges from the baroque to modern, leading him to collaborate with some of today’s most exciting composers, many of whose work he has premiered, including Tom Cipullo, David Del Tredici, John Musto, and David Sisco. He made his European debut with Opernhaus Zürich in Handel’s Rinaldo with William Christie and has performed in opera, chamber and symphonic works under the batons of such conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, James Levine, Leonard Slatkin, and Stephen Stubbs. Mr. Kelly has won prizes in several prominent competitions, including first prizes in 2013’s Poulenc Competition and 2011’s Joy in Singing. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Juilliard, and was a member of the Opernstudio at Opernhaus.

Watch Past Performances

Video 10/6/2014: Marian Anderson Award: Jamie Barton

The mezzo-soprano, recipient of the 2014 Marian Anderson Award—a grant for American singers in mid-career—performs a recital accompanied by soprano Amber Wagner, baritone Michael Kelly, and pianist Kathleen Kelly. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting at approximately 5:30 p.m., up to 2 tickets per person.

Michael Kelly